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11:45 AM ET, October 3, 2006


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Washington Times:
Resign, Mr. Speaker  —  The facts of the disgrace of Mark Foley, who was a Republican member of the House from a Florida district until he resigned last week, constitute a disgrace for every Republican member of Congress.  Red flags emerged in late 2005, perhaps even earlier …
Hastert won't resign over Foley scandal  —  Washington Times opines House Speaker 'must do the only right thing'  —  WASHINGTON - Despite a call from a conservative newspaper for his resignation over his handling of a congressional sex scandal, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., intends to retain his leadership position.
Opinion Journal:
Paging Mr. Hastert  —  Could a gay Congressman be quarantined?  —  Florida Republican Mark Foley's sexually explicit emails to a Congressional page certainly warranted his resignation from the House, and they may well merit prosecution.  But this being five weeks from an election …
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan
Washington Post:
After Foley, New Fears For the GOP  —  Some Say Party Could Lose House and Senate  —  Republican strategists said yesterday that public revulsion over the sexually graphic online conversations between Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) and former House pages could compound the party's problems enough …
New York Times:
Pressure Grows for G.O.P. Over Foley Scandal  —  Speaker J. Dennis Hastert faced intensifying questions on Monday about why Republicans had not reacted more assertively to Representative Mark Foley's messages to a teenage page, as members of his party, fearing a political debacle, demanded a strong response.
Florida 16  —  It's not often that a member of congress resigns a month before election day.  We had already decided to poll the FL-16 race in the second round of Majority Watch.  Given Friday's surprise announcement, we decided to go in the field this weekend.
New York Times:
The Foley Matter  —  History suggests that once a political party achieves sweeping power, it will only be a matter of time before the power becomes the entire point.  Policy, ideology, ethics all gradually fall away, replaced by a political machine that exists to win elections and dispense the goodies that come as a result.
Discussion: PoliBlog, Norwegianity and Daily Kos
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Warnings About Foley's Behavior Failed to Move Congress to Action  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  Despite repeated warning signs going back at least five years, almost nothing was done in Congress to stop Foley's suspect behavior with pages.  —  Today, Republican leaders said they had no idea …
Hugh Hewitt /
Don't Resign, Speaker Hastert. Swing Back.
Discussion: TAPPED and Clayton Cramer's BLOG
Miami Herald:
Foley's shame; Congress' stumble
Discussion: Associated Press
Real Cities:
Rumsfeld, Ashcroft received warning of al Qaida attack before 9/11  —  WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and former Attorney General John Ashcroft received the same CIA briefing about an imminent al-Qaida strike on an American target that was given to the White House two months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Discussion: First Draft and Think Progress
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lieberman says he has been promised seniority  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman, the longtime Democratic senator from Connecticut running for re-election as an independent, says the party leadership has assured him he would keep his seniority if he returns to Congress.
Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Former President Clinton warns Dems to watch out for right-wing onslaught
Discussion: Sirotablog and LamontBlog
Bo-Mi Lim / Associated Press:
N. Korea Says It Will Conduct Nuke Test  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said Tuesday that it will conduct a nuclear test to bolster its self-defense capability amid what it calls increasing U.S. hostility toward the communist regime.  —  The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations …
Pete Hegseth / Opinion Journal:
More Troops, Please  —  "Not losing" isn't the same as winning.  —  I've heard President Bush repeatedly state he will send more troops to Iraq if the commanders on the ground ask for them.  I think, having returned home from Iraq two months ago, that there must be a breakdown in communication somewhere along the line.
David Adesnik / OxBlog:
SANTORUM APPEALS TO OXBLOG: Looking to climb out of a very deep hole, Senator Rick is now sending direct-mail fundraisers to DC residents.  Here are my favorite parts of his four-page appeal. … I certainly dislike the radical left, but I don't find them very scary.
Discussion: Angry Bear
Glenn Reynolds /
The Glenn and Helen Show: John Fund on Election Fraud and its Cures  —  With the elections only a month away, we talk to John Fund, Wall Street Journal writer and author of Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy.  Fund talks about high-tech problems with electronic voting machines …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Washington Post:
Outside Groups Shoveling Cash Into Tight Races  —  As the race for control of Congress turns toward its final sprint to Election Day, independent organizations with ideological or commercial stakes in the outcome are pouring record amounts of money into the closest contests …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and The Caucus
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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush says Democrats shouldn't be trusted
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Ed Morrissey / The Heritage Policy Weblog:
Congress's Ongoing Spending Spree
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Three Years Of CQ
Harold Furchtgott-Roth / New York Sun:
Keep the United Nations's Hands Off the Internet
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Springing the Trap
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Hypocrisy, Democrat Style
Jim Krane / Associated Press:
Frist: Taliban Should Be in Afghan Gov't
USA Today:
Income tax cuts benefit all payers